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Old Melbourne Gaol

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Address: 377 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: 03 8663 7228
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century...

Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century prison, be arrested in a modern-day Police Station or put yourself on trial in court.Home to Melbourne's oldest prison, historic Magistrates' Court and former Police City Watch House, Russell Street has been at the heart of crime, law and order in Melbourne since the 1840s. Most of Australia’s infamous characters, including iconic bushranger, Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor have spent time within the walls of this amazing precinct. A ticket to the Old Melbourne Gaol Crime & Justice Experience grants you visiting rights to the past, present and future of crime and justice in Australia.

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Spent the afternoon at the gaol very informative however $25 entry seemed a little high especially if visiting as a family.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent the afternoon at the gaol very informative however $25 entry seemed a little high especially if visiting as a family.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It could have been more interactive to appeal to children however my nine year old seemed to understand and learn about gaol life. He was most interested with the gallows.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What an amazing experience. So much history and really well set out. We learnt about life in the gaol, individual stories and of course Ned Kelly. We then went through a fun experience of getting arrested and placed in a cell with lights out. Kids just loved it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took our friends here for something different. They really enjoyed it. It was our second time there and because our friends read every plague we had time to take in the atmosphere. I recommend this for all ages.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband & I turned up to the Gaol at midday not realising that the cost of the ticket includes 3 separate locations. Unfortunately we couldn't go to the other 2 locations as we had to get to the airport to fly home. If you are going to the gaol please check their website to find out the times for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited melbourne gaol in sep and it's a wonderful experience. The guide and gaol command is too good to write in words.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We opted for the "prisoner experience" which was the best few hours spent at the goal. What happens is a "prison guard" takes you into the prison and shows you what it would have been like for the prisoners. We had sargent henderson and he made us giggle and giggle which was against the prison rules! It was a really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great visit for all the family. The history of the place and the prisoners who were inprisoned there and or hang there, is very interesting. If you can a guided tour is recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great way to come to understand the convict settlement of Australia and it infamous Heroes and villains. Ned Kelly among them where you can see the cell in which he was held and the scaffold that ended his life. The cells contain the history of some of their occupants as well as their death masks. Well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A very interesting museum to visit to learn about some of Melbourne's most notorious criminals from the past. The museum is set out in the jail, with each of the cells having its own display. I would recommend for children aged 10 and up - it is a bit spooky and there is a lot of reading to get the... More 

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